Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Narcissist or Sociopath?

No, we're not talking about me, fer Chrissakes.

"Mom, Who Lost Son In Iraq, Talks About 'Disgusting' White House Private Meeting With Bush" Posted on: 7/5/2005 9:21:00 AM - Columnist
By Greg Szymanski (

Based on this article (which I strongly urge you to read), is Our Dear Leader being overly narcissistic, dissociated, or just plain sociopathic? Well, let's crank out the Merriam-Webster and define our terms:

Narcissist (see egoist): excessive concern for oneself with or without exaggerated feelings of self-importance

Hmm. Could describe any politician.

Dissociated: the separation of whole segments of the personality (as in multiple personality) or of discrete mental processes (as in the schizophrenias) from the mainstream of consciousness or of behavior

Uh-uh. While that may explain some things, that ain't it.

Sociopath: Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others' feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.

Bingo. Especially when you take into consideration other aspects of sociopathy in the DSM-IV.

Now, this should come as no great surprise. Politicians as a general rule have to be successful salespeople, advertising themselves to prospective voters. I can see where narcissism and sociopathy could go hand in hand (in which case every state capitol and DC should be fenced off to provide security from these mentally ill knuckledraggers).

I seriously wonder if any psychiatrist has analyzed the President's personality based on his behavior in public? It could explain a great many things.


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